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‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The Wrens have had a fantastic last half term! We have been exploring lots of different sensory and tactile materials and have enjoyed our new sensory story ‘The Journey Home from Grandpa’s’ for our ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ topic. We have had so much fun and have responded very well to the different vehicles, objects and materials in the story.

This half term we have been exploring Art through vehicles and creating different lines using different media. The children have moved cars on paper with a paint crayon attached, moved cars in paint and pushed them down a ramp, used paint and tape on paper, cars in ice cubes and balloon painting to create different sensory lines.

We explored aeroplanes, watched a short clip of an air show on the iPad, looked at whales and water, soil and grass, a globe and much more using lots of their senses and showing preferences of textures and props used.

In Science we have been exploring the changes in seasons. We concentrated on the sun, rain and the wind. The children experienced these weather conditions using different materials to feel the breeze, the heat and the water and sounds of the rain. They then made a sun catcher using real petals and leaves, a rainmaker using tubes and rice and a wind chime using shells and string.

The children have participated in Computing sessions weekly and have showed their enjoyment of using the iPads, plasma, gas arm and the Eye Gaze and have developed their computing skills.

In P.E. the children have played a game of balloon tennis using large sensory balloons. They have taken part in Jabadao and Yoga and massage. They showed enjoyment of working 1:1 and communicating their individual preferences for moving their body and relaxing whilst having a massage.

Wow! Where has this year gone? Wishing you all a relaxing and restful summer holiday!


How You Can Help at Home

‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’

The following activities are suggested as appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focussing on this half term –

  • Explore more objects in lots of contexts with your child
  • Share books related to our topic, touchy feely books and books with sounds are great
  • Explore sensory materials together, encourage hands in and exploring and looking down at what they are feeling
  • Play with toys and tactile materials that encourage grip – holding on and squeezing
  • Encourage your child to follow objects in different directions
  • Listen and interact with music and instruments, encourage them to play instruments independently
  • Play cause and effect games with your child e.g. bowling
  • Encourage your child to use their voice in response to yours
  • Take them out in different weathers to feel the effect on their bodies
  • Encourage your child to push and pull objects
  • Watch and listen to different air shows on a computer, iPad etc.

Sign of the Week

At Kingfisher we use Signalong as a part of a Total Communication Approach, we are constantly using core vocabulary with the children to support their language development and then through each of our topics we introduce new signs and language, which extends their vocabulary further. We also have two “Signs of the Week” which helps maintain and extend key knowledge and skills of everyday vocabulary.

Each half term we will be creating a short video showcasing and demonstrating our ‘Signs of the Week’ for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.

To view this signs of the week for this topic please watch the video below


Lunchtime

If your child has a school dinner, the school menus can be accessed by clicking here. For children who bring a packed lunch, please remember to provide healthy and balanced options. We are a Healthy School and will be focussing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.


Click here to download our parent guide for this term: Wrens – Parent Guide – Trains, Planes and Automobiles